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NICU ambulance doctor died Thursday night from crash related injuries

Crash happened on Highway 26 near Rosendale, officials say

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Dr. Stanley Phillips, 32, of Madison, died Thursday night from injuries he sustained during a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ambulance crash Wednesday.

Phillips was a first year pediatric fellow and had just started at UW Hospital on July 1, according to a release.

"While Stan was only here a short time, he already made a big impression on all of us," Dr. John Frohna, neonatal fellowship director and vice chair for education at the Department of Pediatrics at UW Hospital and Clinics, said in the release.

Phillips' dedication to saving lives will continue through his gift as an organ donor, according to the release.

The names of the other NICU transport crew members involved in the single-vehicle crash Wednesday were also released, according to a release.

The driver of the ambulance has been identified as Ross S. Flemming, 62, of Sun Praire. The crew members have been identified Amy Duerk, 43, of Oregon, Marianne Davidson of Spring Green, and Katherine Hirsch, 36, of Madison.

The NICU transport ambulance flipped over after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near Rosendale on Wednesday.

The five-member Meriter NICU transport team was on its way to pick up a NICU patient in Appleton, according to a release.

Officials said Phillips was flown to Neenah with significant head injuries, a registered nurse was sent to Fond du Lac with minor injuries, and a respiratory therapist was taken to Waupun with minor injuries.

Officials said two other passengers were uninjured. No patients were on board.

Officials at Meriter said the driver may have over-corrected and that's how the ambulance ended up on its side.

Mike Flaherty, Meriter public affairs director, said the team involved in the crash is a partnership between UW and Meriter hospitals that drives around the southern half of the state to transport NICU babies.

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